December 30th, 2008
06:57 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP to Dems: Slow down on stimulus bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants Congress to holds hearings on the stimulus package.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants Congress to holds hearings on the stimulus package.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Top congressional Republicans cautioned Democrats not to rush through a massive stimulus package that lawmakers hope to send to President-elect Barack Obama shortly after he takes office next month.

A House Democratic leadership aide told CNN on Tuesday that Congress will likely take up a stimulus bill the second week of January.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said the Congress must prove to taxpayers that the stimulus bill, which some economists suggest could amount to $1 trillion, "is not wasting their money."

"We should have a simple test: will the yet-unwritten, reportedly trillion-dollar spending bill really create jobs and grow the economy - or will it simply create more government spending, more bureaucrats and deeper deficits?" McConnell said in a statement Monday.

McConnell's $1 trillion figure for the stimulus bill may be an overestimate, however.

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  1. Angie

    TO: John G December 30th, 2008 7:05 pm ET
    Oh and for the people who are blaming the Republican party…did you know that there has been a Democratic majority in Congress for quite some time now and they have done absolutely NOTHING to repair the economic troubles that have been plaguing us?
    _______________________________________________________
    The Dems have only had the majority in Congress for 2 years, the repubs had it for 6 yrs.

    If we HAD to give bush 8 years lets be fair and give the DEMS time to clean up the mess left by bush and company.

    December 30, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. Bradley Jenkins

    We can certainly read the liberals' comments on this article. Liberals don't want anyone to have an opinion unless it is just like their own. They want to shut down all Americans' rights to free speech. I have learned in my 70+ years to respect other views, as I have always learned something by listening to other sides of issues. We don't want to respect or learn anymore, do we?

    December 30, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Judy Joiner

    I feel the money the Government is using is the tax payers money and
    should be returned to all tax payers to help them pay their morgages,
    get the insurance they need, etc. I have worked 40 years and have
    lost two children to illness. I am still working at 65 because my
    date for retirement has been moved upward to accomodate baby
    boomers that probably are still working to keep from being evicted
    or starve to death. I hope one day before I die to have my house paid and draw some of my social security. The banks and car financiers
    DO NOT care about the American people, if you do not have excellent
    credit instead of helping you, they charge as much interest as they
    can, knowing it will be hard for you to pay them off, then comes the
    late fees, interest on top of interest, harrasing phone calls wanting
    their money NOW! No wonder Americans don't care if they have
    anything or not. Who wants to keep feeding big salaried fat cats
    with the little bit of money you can rake and scrape to keep your
    family going as well as some of your hard up neighbors, Senior
    citizens. That is why there are so many homeless people and so
    many of our young people on the streets, cause Mama had to work for
    them all their lives and now they don't know how to survive because
    they were not taught what to do during a crisis. They say we just
    need another pill, another drink, mariwana, and stay high all day
    don't worry about kids, bills, housing, cars, homeless, or anything
    else except where their next fix is coming from. Sleep from daylight
    til dark and sleep some more. Most of the kids are in foster care
    for protection waiting on their addicted parents to clean up, but do
    they NO! They are out there having more babies to get more
    money to buy drugs, and guess what, the taxpayer is working
    real hard to keep them all going. When they reach prison, then the
    bills really start for all tax payers. I sure hope GOP can control
    ALL this spending, because I don't believe I will work until 100,
    so someone better get cleaned up to work all these new jobs
    that are coming available next year to support my Social Security
    check, until I die.

    December 30, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. gl, Pittsburgh

    The T December 30th, 2008 3:11 pm ET

    Rep shout the hell up! You guy stood by and let Pre Bush do whatever he wished and how you want to control spending….READ MY LIPS , GO TOO HELL!

    Amen to that one!

    December 30, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. jayeandvic@aol.com

    Well of course the republicans want to try and do everything possible to stop the stimulus package – they want the country to continue to crumble while they plan their 2012 campaigns. They just don't care about anything other than making Obama look bad.
    The republican party is disgusting.

    December 30, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Peter

    If you supported Iraq or the last stimulus package, but wont support this one, your a hypocrite

    December 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. larry kraus farmersville illinois

    I am very much against spending a billion let alone a trillion dollars but if the Republicans don't go along and the economy slides into a depression who do you think the american people will blame? i have a bad opinion of the Republican party right now 8 years under a dictator will do that to a person. the Republican party now stands for hate and fear where they once stood for small government and staying out of peoples lives as much as possible. this is the party that handed hundreds of billions to banks and wallstreet whitout so much as a request that the money be spent wisely while calling for the abolishion of unions to hand 15 billion to the auto industry. So it seems they have lost touch with the people and now they may stand in the way of a bill that could prevent another depression? how far has the great GOP fallen since it peaked with A. Lincoln?

    December 30, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Danny in Chicago

    The only response that I've read from Republicans in this blog is that the Democratic congress has been in the majority the past two years....

    Yes...that is true

    (as we have heard from you republicans every day since they took over), however – UNTIL the democrats have been in the majority in congress for 6 – thats right – count'em SIX – years,
    THEN and ONLY THEN can you start whining about how the democratic majority has let you down (which I am SURE the republicans will do, even if we've created a utopia throughout the world since that's all the republicans have as fodder).

    That's right republicans....4 more years to go – then we can call it even!
    (and republicans....if this math doesn't compute with you.......do a little research on who's been in power the last 8 years....it might surprise you)

    SO.....START COUNTING and SHUT UP

    December 30, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. G from RTP

    It's pretty interesting there is now a call for fiscal discipline after giving Paulson $700 Billion that only went through after the addition of pork and no oversight and the auto makers had to beg for a tenth . I didnt see any of this when they were sending pallets of cash to Iraq. Now that someone one wants to do something to improve things here in America it's an issue all of a sudden. These people will never get it .......

    December 30, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Where, oh where, does Congress propose getting the money to fund this so-called "stimulus?"

    There aren't a lot of ways. They can raise taxes, i.e., stealing back with one hand the money they just distributed with the other? What's the point of that?

    Or they can borrow it, i.e., stealing from our kids to give the ill-gotten gains to their parents.

    Or they can reduce spending. Democrats reducing spending? You've got to be kidding!

    My bet is on option one, raising taxes, something the Democrats love to do anyway, mostly as retaliation against those so nasty as to prove that, whether people are created equal or not, they don't stay that way.

    December 30, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. Rose from Ohio

    For pete's sake Republican party, please take a seat....
    With the decisions on your part, look where we are today!
    So, let the new Administration get started, their way. Maybe, just maybe some of the damage done under our current Leadership can start to be righted., improved. I'm not putting all the blame on the Republican party, but let's at least give the President-elect Obama's Administration a strong start, just sit on your tongues and ideas, let the new President do some things without your griping and harping before he even takes the Oath.
    Geez, do you plan on making NOISE before we begin?
    Give America a break!
    We have spoken!

    December 30, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. Barbara Campbell

    Big spending is just fine with Republicans as long as their CEO buddies are getting the bulk of it, but any program that benefits average Americans will meet with GOP stonewalling. The overarching theme here is empowerment: Democrats want to empower the American people, while Republicans want to increase the gap between the rich and the rest.

    December 30, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. gl, Pittsburgh

    YET ANOTHER OLD, RICH, WHITE, MAN FROM THE SOUTH

    TELLING US WHAT IS BEST FOR THE COUNTRY. . .

    I am so fed up.

    December 30, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Julianne

    Obstructionism isn't going to fly this time around. With the election of Obama, the electorate has been empowered, and won't tollerate this type of nonsense. It's political suicide, but I expect if from the gop because they still just don't get it.

    December 30, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. jms

    It is such a shame that McConnell was voted back into office. He belongs in a museam with the other fossels. He should step aside and allow the country to heal.

    December 30, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. Bill_ MA

    McConnell has been a stooge for big business, and has been a leading figure in the collapse of our country. He and the other republicans from the south want to go back to plantations.

    December 30, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. Cam, Atlanta

    Boy o boy,

    GOP complains he is slow to repond to a crisis. Then when he fast forward they want to put the breaks on him.

    Ummm, where was Bush's stimulus plan? Haven't we waited long enough? Now they want to micro-manage Obama when they havent' been micro-managing this mess in 8 years!

    December 30, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. Rose from Ohio

    Sir,
    Exactly what brand of cigarettes should I send to Washington?
    With all the moaning and groaning for all of us, I supported your campaign with my meager dollars, why not let me send you a few smokes to help you out?
    Sorry, Mrs. Obama, the President-elect may need them , unfortunayely!

    Happy New year!

    December 30, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  19. Larry

    To: Angie

    FYI:The Democrats ,Carter,Clinton,and a Democratic Congress the last two years did everything and did nothing to put in the situation we are in now.try education to find out-your total denial won't CHANGE anything.

    December 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    A Republican Legislative Branch and Republican Executive Branch conspired to borrow and spend the nation into the biggest hole we've ever experienced. What makes Republicans think that they have any credibility at all?

    What haven't they screwed up? The economy, enforcement of federal regulations, oversight of imports, disaster response, mining safety enforcement and – oh yes – there's that "preemptive war" precedent that cost us the opportunity to capture the people who actually attacked us! Is there anything at all the GOP hasn't managed to bungle?

    My advice to McConnell and the rest: step aside because the adults need to clean up after your frat party. I just hope the damage can be repaired.

    December 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. Chipster

    A Republican Legislative Branch and Republican Executive Branch conspired to borrow and spend the nation into the biggest hole we've ever experienced. What makes Republicans think that they have any credibility at all?

    What haven't they screwed up? The economy, enforcement of federal regulations, oversight of imports, disaster response, mining safety enforcement and – oh yes – there's that "preemptive war" precedent that cost us the opportunity to capture the people who actually attacked us! Is there anything at all the GOP hasn't managed to bungle?

    My advice to McConnell and the rest: step aside because the adults need to clean up after your frat party. I just hope the damage can be repaired.

    December 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  22. Nola

    Senator McConnel would you do all the people a favor – PLEASE GO AWAY

    December 30, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  23. Galen

    When did the G.O.P have the credentials to talk smartly about the economy in the last 8 years?

    You guys didn't even question about, rushing money to Haliburton and Black Water!

    Why shouldnt the Democrats rush to find a bailout package for Main Street

    December 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Anita Cosper

    WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET A SIMULUS CHECK!! AREN'T WE THE ONES WHO GIVE THE GOV. OUR MONEY, DON'T KNOW ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE BUT I NEED SOME HELP. LET SEE THIS WEEK DO I PAY MY POWERBILL OR BUY GROCERIES FOR MY FAMILY?!! GOP, WHERE IS OUR HELP????????????

    December 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. Razor Willy

    Thanks for the advise.. Now that you and your buddies have wreaked the economy with your de-regulation. You want to get your advise. Whatever... Why is it Kentucky and Tenn always bring this backward yahoos into the government. If you start messing with Obama, you will lose even more seats. You would have the US car companies go under because you have foreign car companies in your state. Go back to the farm.

    December 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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